(Via Philip Glass fan Pondblog and the Guardian), The Hours soundtrack by Philip Glass won the Classical Brit award for contemporary music. The other nominees were Gidon Kremer for Happy Birthday and John Rutter for Distant Land. The Kremer and Glass are both on Nonesuch; the Rutter is not yet available in the US.
The filmworks recommendation for The Hours:
Buy it... if you relax to atmospheric classical music led by piano and strings, harmonious by nature, but without clearly defined themes.
Avoid it... if you prefer scores with more sharply defined cue changes and thematic swells, or if you never plan on sampling any of Glass' work.
And from the BBC account of the ceremonies:
American soprano Renne Fleming, the recipient of this year's outstanding contribution to music award, joined Terfel for a duet of Bess, You is My Woman Now from the musical Porgy and Bess.
An aworks operational update: I've fixed the problem where the About Me was pointing to the wrong content. The intended content, including a statement of "principles" guiding this weblog, is here. On the other hand, my bookmark feed of relevant news and links is not working, due to a problem at feedroll. Here's the HTML-equivalent as well as my underlying del.ici.ous RSS feed. Today anyway, I'm more satisifed with America's classical music than its software engineering...